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FEO NEWS FOR WINTER
Check out the new review of the original Americanized version of, GODZILLA.
ARE GONNA LOVE THIS! HOLY SHIT, YES!
Remember what a bitter disappointment the actual movie - directed by Roland Emmerich and adapted by Roland and his pal Dean Devlin - was? Remember how the moviet face="Benguiat Bk BT" size="5">AWARDS
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OF THE ELDER GODS?
Of course, if you are some Dale Dribble type who believes that Lovecraftian myth is also based on truth, then you have my pity. As for you fans of Horror, you'll get a kick out of reading about the real progenitor of the Ancient Ones and his continuing influence today:
Check out Charioteer of the Gods.
That said, kudos to Erich all the same. Because I love a good prank!
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The truth is, genres and fields aren't always influenced by the best and brightest. Sometimes an untalented dip blows the field wide open thanks to nothing more than their neurosis and obsessions. That pretty much wraps it up for Comedy, but film making and Horror have their people too. No, I'm not talking about Ed Wood, or even the great Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufmann - who've made an industry out of such negatives. Today I'm wishing a Happy Birthday to Sex & Horror film maker,
Ted V. Mikels (THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES, THE CORPSE GRINDERS, BLOOD ORGY OF THE SHE-DEVILS, OPERATION OVERKILL, CITY IN TERROR, THE CORPSE GRINDERS II, MARK OF THE ASTRO ZOMBIES) who is 75.
DAYS OF DARKNESS: A CELEBRATION OF HORROR
Lots of excitement here as we get closer to our annual horror bash in the Los Angeles area, scheduled for May 22 and 23 in Burbank. Today we are putting on sale specially priced General Admission Weekend Passes for only $35, which covers the two days of the convention. See it all for this great low low price!
Visit us at: creationent.com to pick up these new tickets and see the latest details on the event you can't miss!
SHOW HOURS: 11AM TO 6PM DAILY
IS SADDAM HUSSEIN'S BIRTHDAY!
SHIT BAG EATS IT!
Long time violator of human rights and life, Fidel Castro, has long enjoyed snuggley status among those who really don't give a damn about their fellow human beings. Except, that is, among his own Cuban people. Read this tale of two nutso Cuban radio personalities out of Miami, Florida, USA and the prank that they played on Infidel Castrati! It's the laugh of the year!
OF THE WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2004
pour a mean drink." (klunk!)
Thanks to Photographer John Sumakis for the photo.
Word is coming back from other folks who attended the WHC 2004 and have photos up at their sites. The first one alerting me is Horror Artist, Deena Warner.
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The Full Story at cnn.com.
From William Jones
D'AMMASSA SHARES HIS DARK WISDOM
Book of Dark Wisdom Magazine has just launched the first in its interview series with authors, poets and artists of Science Fiction, Horror and Dark Fiction. The first interview is with author Don D'Ammassa, online now.
The interviews are located at the Book of Dark Wisdom website in the Relics section, and is available to all who visit the website.
From Tamara Thorne
TAMARA SLEEPS WITH DEAD SAILORS
Join Tamara at the 2004 California Ghost Hunter's Conference April 29th through May 1st. The 29th will be spent aboard the U.S.S. Hornet. Lloyd Auerbach, Troy Taylor and other ghost hunters will be participating and everyone's hoping for a very sleepless night in the racks. Tamara and Damien will be taking equipment and notes and you'll get to read about their haunted holiday at SpiritKeep.net.
Yvonne will also be making appearances in Arizona this year, so if you live there or will be passing through, keep up-to-date by checking out her website at YvonneNavarro.com.
The dates are May 22-23, and today we are announcing PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: your chance to get your picture taken with two legends of horror: GEORGE ROMERO and ROBERT ENGLUND.
Check out all the details on the convention at: creationent.com/cal/
DOES A BODY GOOD!
Authors F. Paul Wilson, Steven Spruill, Douglas E. Winter, Brian Keene, Elizabeth Massie, Matthew Warner, J.F. Gonzalez, L. Marie Wood and A.B. Wallace teamed with Burke Used Books of Falls Church, VA to raise $300 in just two hours for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The authors donated $1 from each book sold, and the book store donated 20% of its sales.
This isnt the first time authors have banded together for a good cause. All of the proceeds from the Tales From the Gorezone anthology coming this spring from Apartment 42 Publications will be donated to the National Association to Protect Children, a child-welfare organization whose supporters include the Wachowski brothers (THE MATRIX), novelist Andrew Vachss, and online horror bookseller Shocklines.com. And last September, the First Annual Matthew's Miles Walkathon, organized by horror novelist John Passarella in honor of his son Matthew, raised $15,000 for brain tumor research.
For more information, contact Matthew Warner.
APPEARS AT DARK DELICACIES
Ray is reknown for his special technique of stop-motion photography (which anyone can do) and his applied technique of Dynamation (which only Ray could figure out). Ray brought to life varmints in movies like 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH, EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, ONE MILLION YEARS B.C., SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER, THE CLASH OF THE TITANS and more. His best friend, Ray Bradbury, calls Harryhausen's creations monsters. Ray H. calls them creatures, everyone else called them uncanny for the longest time. Because, thanks to Dynamation, the actor looks directly at the stop motion figure (filmed months later). They track and follow the SFX.
Anyone who recalls A NIGHTMARE ON ELMSTREET 3 remembers the scene of Freddy Kruger's skeleton rising out of the grave and doing battle with Dr. Gordon (Craig Wasson). Remember how bleached out, unfocused, and cruddy Dr. Gordon looked when battling Freddy's skeleton? Remember how the Dr. kept looking where the skeleton wasn't? That's what you get without Ray Harryhausen's Dynamation technique. Even with modern computer-generated imagery, the principles of Ray's Dynamation are still applied today. This is why Ray gets tributes from computer animators like having a ritzy restaurant in MONSTERS, INC. named after him.
IN THE TOP SPOT
At the 2004 World Horror Convention, 1980s Heavy Metal singer and 1990s Horror movie actor/producer, Dee Snider (STRANGELAND), made a comment lamenting what appeared to be a large number of Horror movie subcult "Gorehounds" going to showing after showing of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. "It's not about the gore," he said. But let's face it, how many true believers could bear to watch an hour after hour realistic re-enactment of their savior being flayed alive and brutally tortured to death? Part of the film's heat belongs to the millions of repeat viewers and that has made a movie about Jesus one of the most profitable films of the year! THE PASSION fell from #1 over the Easter weekend to #9 this week, but the U.S. grosses alone put this $25 million dollar budget movie in the $61 million dollar gross range. Pretty damn good for an independent release!
Find more info at HollywoodReporter.com
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From acting bit parts in Troma films TERROR FIRMER and CITIZEN TOXIE to Actor/Writer/Producer/Director of CABIN FEVER, today's Birthday Boy, Eli Roth is out of the gate and running. Happy 32 Birthday!
Actor David Hewlett (THE DARKSIDE, PIN, DEEP SLEEP, SCANNERS II, QUIET KILLER, CUBE, UNDER PRESSURE, CYPHER, FOOLPROOF) is 36.
THE WILD KEENE GOES
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HARRY IN L.A.
May 22nd at 1:00PM at
Check out the story at HollywoodInvestigator.
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Actor Sarah Michelle Gellar (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER [TV], I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, SCREAM 2, CRUEL INTENTIONS, SCOOBY DOO, SCOOBY DOO 2) is 27.
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And yet those trailers! Such hope! Of course those trailers weren't created by Roland and Dean. R&D are no doubt, the masters of "Make Shit and Ultra-Hype It! We'll rake it in off the suckers in the first two weeks!" school of film making. Except without Will Smith they've got nothing!
Japan got it's shot to right the wrong about a year later with GODZILLA 2000, but for American audiences, it was too late. The R&D team destroyed GODZILLA like no nuclear bomb ever could.
A few weeks ago we were told that the final Godzilla movie was about to be made. How disheartening. GODZILLA vs...someone.
Fortunately, the Japanese aren't going to take this lying down!
50 years ago, GODZILLA first came to the silver screen. 49 years ago, Americans saw Godzilla and were reminded of just how cool giant freaking monsters were. Giant monsters like King Kong and Godzilla influenced my early appreciation of Horror and Monsters. But through the years, U.S. fans of Godzilla notice the discrepency in what they were watching. The clips of American actor Raymond Burr (who played reporter Steve Martin), didn't quite gel with the rest of the movie. Steve never interacted with the main characters of the film for one. It was almost as if two films were made, one starring an all Japanese cast, and another of Raymond Burr and a few Asian actors who had no connection to the main movie.
And word leaked across the Pacific that we were right. The scenes with Raymond Burr were filmed long after the real movie was in the can. Never has any video or DVD shown the original Japanese version - UNTIL NOW!
50 years after its release, the original GODZILLA will come to the U.S. Uncensored, Uncut, and Undubbed! This Spring/Summer is the one the only and the original GODZILLA!
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FOR THE 2003 STOKERS
Bram Stoker winners are also present including
See the complete list at Horror.org.
GORY HORROR RULES - FOR NOW
Since February 25, Gory Horror movies have ruled the box office, making it well over a month of non-stop Horror at the box office. First up was the three week reign of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. Many movies have been released about Jesus and the Bible and more than a few were made and distributed by various Christian groups. Some had their successes, like THE OMEGA CODE, but none have ever acheived the blockbuster status of THE PASSION. To be sure, Mel Gibson turned a well-tuned hand toward the marketing of the movie, as well as the craft he displays in the film. But the film is almost entirely focused on the Horror that Jesus went through, and never before was the betrayal of Christ shown in such lavish, bloody, intricate flesh ripping (courtesy of two types of special effects, layered and augmented with sound effects) detail. To my knowledge, it is the only account of Jesus' life that is both rated R (for violence and gore) and accepted by Christians. It didn't leave it's place at #1 until DAWN OF THE DEAD knocked it off its perch.
Like THE PASSION, DAWN OF THE DEAD promised horrific gory images. It was very well made and very intense, but no where near as brutal, bloody, and gory, as THE PASSION. In its second week it fell to fourth place. But it fell by being knocked off the block by another movie penned by the same writer as DAWN.
SCOOBY DOO 2: Monsters Unleashed promised loads of monsters in its trailers and the kind of kiddie gore you get with clear, green, and blue slime. It wasn't gory for adults, but after five weeks of Gore and Horror, I'm guessing most parents were ready for a family film.
Then there is HELLBOY. This film straddles the line between Horror for children and Horror for adults. While no where near as gory as PASSION or DAWN, it still serves up the grue with Demonic Nazis and Lovecraftian varmints. See tomorrow's (APRIL 6) HELLBOY review for further details.
An historical war movie and an under-publicized thriller are opening this week against several flavors of coemdy. Maybe this Easter Weekend it will be time for a few laughs.
A TRUE LEGEND APPEARS!
For lovers of Horror, Science Fiction, or Fantasy movies, Ray Harryhausen is a living legend. Film maker Roberto Rodriguez took his inspiration for his SPY KIDS movies from the SINBAD films of Ray. MONSTERS, INC. even had a restaurant called Harryhausen.
April 18th at 2:00p.m. Dark Delicacies will be hosting a signing with
legendary special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen who will be signing the
new coffeetable book Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life. Tickets are required
for this event as there are a limited amount of books. Tickets are free
and are obtained when a copy of the book is purchased at Dark Delicacies.
From Delirium Books
NEW DARK VOICES ANNOUNCED
Delirium Books continues its rich history in discovering the talents of tomorrow. New Dark Voices is an anthology series (to be published once a year) that focuses on publishing the best new voices in the horror field before they become the masters of the genre. The first anthology features 3 talented horror authors (Michael Oliveri, Gene O'Neill, and John Urbancik) with 3 brand new novellas!
by John Urbancik
This new anthology will be limited to only 300 copies, signed by all contributors. Cover artwork is by Mike Bohatch.
& MIKE SHOW ANNOUNCES SALE OF FIRST NOVEL COLLABORATION
It's a sort
of Lovecraft-meets-Heinlein piece set in a far future where technology
has peaked and fallen into decline following a period of anarchy due to
wars and other problems related to humanity
Surprisingly pleased with the first few chapters, we finished it and showed it to our wives and some of our geekier friends, who enjoyed it. When Brett Schroder of UTI Literary Agency contacted Mike about his current representation, we figured "what the hell" and sent it to him. He dug it and compared it to the best of Golden Age space opera, only without the sequin capes, goofy headgear and lightning bolt-shaped belt buckles.
We're please to announce Baen has picked up the rights and will be publishing the book in mass market paperback next Spring under the pseudonym M.M. Frazier. We will, of course, post the cover and any updates on our website as they become available.
So. About that novel thing. You see, it's like this:
(Yer a day late, chuckleheads. - Feo)
Unfortunately. Be nice if we did write a sci-fi epic and made some bank on it, but not this year. Some of you fell for it, some of you didn't, but either way, we hope you had fun with it. :)
And as a good faith effort to combat the destructive nature of the publishing industry, and particularly the small press in which I've worked, I've decided to print and sell copies of this new novel on my own. If you're interested in getting off the fast track to hell, send me an email and order a copy of BROKEN ANGEL.
I don't know how my fans will react to my new style / genre of writing, but I've decided I don't need to worry about that anymore. God likes it. If you don't, you will probably go to hell anyway.
April Fools :D
(Yer a day late, knucklehead. - Feo)
HAPPY HORROR / THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO:
In both TV and movies, Actor Lindy Booth has largely directed her career toward work in the Horror / Thriller / Mystery / Suspense genres (EERIE INDIANA [TV], TEENAGE SPACE VAMPIRES, THE SKULLS II, AMERICAN PSYCHO 2, ODYSSEY 5, WRONG TURN, DAWN OF THE DEAD ) and is 25 today.
Actor Dabbs Greer hasn't turned his sights on our favorite genres in any specific way, yet he has been in some Horror classics - both good and cheesy - that are hard to ignore! (HOUSE OF WAX , INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS [ 1956], THE VAMPIRE , IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE, EVIL TOWN, PACIFIC HEIGHTS, SUNDOWN: THE VAMPIRE IN RETREAT, HOUSE IV, THE GREEN MILE). Dabbs is 87.
TASTY TIMES FOR DARK DELICACIES
On Saturday April, 17th Dark Delicacies will host a signing with editor Stephen Jones for his horror anthology The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories. Scheduled to join Stephen are authors Nancy Holder, Dennis Etchison, David J. Schow, and Richard Christian Matheson.
Dark Delicacies is located at
4213 West Burbank Blvd,
Burbank, CA, USA
and can be reached for further information at darkdel.com.
From Tamara Thorne
GRIMM ACRES DEBUTS ON COMPUTERS EVERYWHERE!
April 1, 2004 marks the premier of GrimmAcres.com, sister site to TamaraThorne.com! Join writers Tamara Thorne and Melanie Billings and their fellow ghosthunters as they report on a recent ghost hunt at La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, California. Apparitions, poltergeists, and cold
spots, oh my! They're all there, folks, all true, and they're waiting for you.
You'll also get to read columns by some of your old favorites, like yours truly, Coastal Eddie, and some new folks, like Wanda the Psychic. Melanie's strange but true Weird Files, a big hit on allaboutghosts.com, will soon be found in the pages of Grimm Acres! In coming months, you'll get to read all about the people and places you've read about in Tamara's books, as well as reports on Tamara and Melanie's ghost hunting adventures in more familiar lands.
- "Bow's Boy"
- "Sisyphus in Khaki"
Monday night upstairs at the
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